Tjalling Mulder

  • Born: 1986
  • Country: The Netherlands
  • Discipline: Technical Adviser EKWC
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Mulder graduated from ArtEZ University of Art and Design in 2013 and later graduated from the Sandberg Institute Graduate School in Amsterdam in 2015 with a specialisation in ceramics. He has worked as an artist, taught at the ceramics course at the Royal College of Fine Arts in The Hague and now works as a technical advisor on all aspects of ceramics at the European Ceramics Work Center (EKWC).

Project in Arita

  • Title : Research visit
  • Period of Residency : November
  • Collaborator : Creative Residency Arita
  • Sponsor : Dutch Culture, EKWC, Arita Town

In a special collaboration between Arita Town and EKWC ( European Ceramics Work Center ), Mulder stayed in Arita for three weeks to learn about the industry, technic, and how CRA is organised.
His main research is to visit and see several potters' factories to learn traditional firing. He visited the Kakiemon workshop and also the Genemon kiln and experienced traditional wood firing. also, he has learnt to produce objects using the Amakusa -clay on wheels, which he has never used before. Amakusa clay is the local clay of which most Arita porcelains are made. It is a particular quality and is considered one of the most difficult materials as it is completely natural, and a single material. During his stay in Arita, Tjalling produced several cups and bowls next to visiting factories and interacted with local potters in the community. He particularly looked into firing methods and visited several oven manufacturers in Arita.